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A while ago, we posted about explorations Google was undertaking in revamping Android's home screen. Part of this was a new notification shade that looked similar to Google Now.

Since then, we've seen new materials that show something a bit closer to what the notification shade and Quick Settings will resemble in Android's L release. The images we'll discuss in this post are based on more recent information, but as with any unreleased software, anything can change - particularly design.

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Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether. As with all rumors, nothing is 100% until it's officially announced.

We do not have possession of any APKs we can distribute or unreleased devices, so please don't ask for them.

Confidence Level

Since this is a design-related post (and not something that we have code-based evidence for), we'll be treating it as a normal rumor for now. This one gets a confidence rating of 7 out of 10. Points are deducted simply because we've already seen a previous iteration of this which looked different and while this material is newer, there's no way to be certain that it is the final interface or implementation.

That said, sources familiar with early L builds indicate that the Quick Settings interface we'll see is accurate to non-final builds, so we are still fairly confident that something like this will be in Android's L release.

The Rumor

This is fairly simple - basically, Google is working on making a Quick Settings pane for Android that is sleeker, looks better, and - most importantly - allows users to manipulate controls on a deeper level than the current implementation.

Currently, most things in the Quick Settings panel like WiFi, Bluetooth, etc. can be toggled on or off, either by a press or a long press. Things like brightness bring up a special snippet interface, and other items link directly to the Settings app. Having functionality scattered in this way isn't ideal, but the new Quick Settings looks to change that.

When clicking a tile in the new Quick Settings interface, the pane would transition to information/interface specifically related to that tile. So, if you press the WiFi tile, you'll get a pane (in the same space) with a list of networks and the option to toggle WiFi on or off. Likewise if you press the battery percentage, you'll get a quick glance at battery usage data, and so on.

Another advantage to this implementation is that notifications and Quick Settings can occupy the same space visually, with a swipe gesture switching between the two rather than a dedicated button.

Understanding this functionality is really easier if we have something to look at, so let's skip ahead to the evidence.

The Evidence

As with our other rumor posts, we won't be sharing source images here. What you will see are our recreations of the interface based on what we've seen and our understanding of how things work based on the information provided. These are mocked up as faithfully as possible to the source images without retaining any possibly identifiable information.

When a user swipes down to see the notification tray, they'll be greeted by a dark overlay with the same Now-like notification cards we saw before (plus their profile photo). As you might expect, these can expand or collapse as needed. If the user taps on the bar at the top or swipes down, Quick Settings will transition into view, and the notifications turn into a tidy stack of cards at the bottom of the display.

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What's the Bell Icon?

You might notice the bell icon (which showed up in yesterday's L screenshots) in the center of the Quick Settings interface. This represents a new feature in L that will allow users to limit or prevent interruptions from notifications, likely specifically aimed at "heads-up" notifications, which have been re-styled for L to look like the Now-ish notification cards we've seen above.

One thing to note about heads-up notifications, while we're on the subject, is that they don't appear to be modal. That is, users can still interact with whatever they're working on while notifications pop in.

From what we've seen, the card simply comes into view, waits a moment, and then fades away. Users can also swipe them out of the way if they don't feel like waiting. As a side-note, we have seen information indicating an "Incoming Call" heads-up notification in tablet layouts, but we'll let your imagination fill that one in.

Back to Quick Settings

Now we'll take a look at a few of the specific tile interfaces available.

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The "MORE" link at the bottom of the pane would take users into the full Settings app for further manipulation or viewing.

It also appears that Google is drawing from its new color palette for this interface. Through the leaks we've seen, a clear palette has emerged, and the bold orange and muted cool gray colors are both included. The orange color seems to be reserved for toggles and sliders, while the mint green shows information, and the muted cool gray serves as a backdrop.

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Final Thoughts

The changes Google is exploring for Quick Settings are exciting. The panel itself was a great idea when it was first implemented, but the UI as it is just isn't perfect. These changes would bring it several steps closer to that goal by creating a cohesive experience that doesn't require users to jump into various UIs to achieve common settings tasks.

The good news is that with Google evidently set to show off L tomorrow, we shouldn't have to wait too long to see the Quick Settings pane's final implementation.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • TheRunner024

    I like it.

  • Jdban

    It looks very ios-like

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      There is some resemblance, indeed, but I think the final product will be unique enough.

    • Pal

      It looks more like any modern, hip web site. Flat is everywhere.

  • Miguel Ripoll

    Those icons from the top bar are vertically aligned. I'm in.

  • Tiago Pestana

    Don't fuck up this system that I love... Please Google.. Just please

    • Pal

      I don't miss Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, or Ice Cream Sandwich at all. Bring it on, Google -- let me love you.

  • Guest

    yes plz, current QS are horrible

    • Altos

      Horrible is a bit of an overstatement, if we could customize what settings are displayed and reorder them without root it'd already be good.

  • Tyler

    Yeah, if Liam could design a ROM with his mockups, that'd be great.

    • mark01

      Does anyone know which program does he use to make those awesome mockups? Thanks.

      • silaslenz

        He told us a few times on G+ (you should follow him), Adobe Illustrator and After Effects for motion.

    • silver_arrow

      That was my thought, We really need themes of this kind of stuff for the CM theme engine.

    • John

      I wish something like this was possible. I know it never will be and would confuse too many users, but I still like the idea behind it:

      http://i.imgur.com/KoAG3H6.gif

      • Ryan Behmanesh

        So simple yet so brilliant!....and definite props for the Breaking Bad theme lol

      • kashtrey

        It's not that complicated considering it's pretty Mailbox-y which seems to have a lot of users (including some basic ones) raving. However, it's pretty similar to the current rich notifications that we have, especially since you still have to slide and then click (currently you drag down and then click the expanded options). We just need developers to make use of the rich notification interactions more not redesign how they work.

      • Wall Breaker

        um its basically already like that.

      • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

        That is beautiful.

      • jonzey231

        That's hilarious that you have Walt Jr. in there!

      • TheLastAngel

        Who knows maybe one day theay open up the notification shade to developers. Don't rule it out.

      • Frank Barten

        Brilliant!

      • neonoafs

        I just miss the clock...

    • dddde

      you know what would be great? a flashlight toggle. apple knows.

      • Ali Mohamedali

        i'm using beanstalk rom on my s3 and it has an option for the lockscreen that if you hold the lock icon down, it activates torch (flashlight). one of my favorite features. i wish this could be a stock option for android.

        • neonoafs

          One thing I really enjoy in MIUI is this feature ^^

        • impulse101

          Yeah we know, every single ROM has multiple different flashlight toggles. In quick settings, in the lock screen, volume or power buttons

      • q

        ROMs

      • James Sully

        This app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oligon.lumistic
        has quite a nice lockscreen widget

  • http://tommydaniel.com Tommy Thompson

    Beautiful!

  • Leif Sikorski

    Hopefully they'll copy the brightness quick settings of Samsung. Not the look of them, but being able to influence the auto-brightness with a slider is just so nice and useful.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Seriously, that's like the best thing ever, when it worked. The Note 3 doesn't have that, but the Note 2 did. I guess it was too confusing for users.

      • Leif Sikorski

        They kicked it? Seriously? It's one of the few things I always miss when I switch from my S4 to another device.

      • ProductFRED

        I'm looking at my T-Mobile Note 3 right now and it has the slider with a checkbox for auto-brightness just like my S3 and Note 2 had.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Yes, the slider is there, but as soon as you slide, the autobrightness check turns off.

          • ProductFRED

            Oh that's what you meant? Gotcha. Yup, that's true.

          • Alex

            Auto-brightness with slider is working on the S5, same way it did on the S3. I haven't got a Note 3 to compare.

            The auto brightness can now go really low level in the dark now, which is great for reducing eye strain and not bothering people. If anything, it may even be a bit too dark on the lowest settings, particularly when using power saving mode and a dark themed app.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            I'm guessing international? For some reason Samsung has been gimping US variants.

          • Alex

            Yes, both international (Exynos S3 and Qualcomm S5). Seems an odd feature to remove, I can't see why an operator would be against that. Then again, my operator branded S5 has no SPlanner widget, which also seems strange (I believe the unbranded S5 does have the widget, and my branded S3 also had it).

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Some US patent maybe?

          • ProductFRED

            I just realized, if you mean the -5/+5 slider, you can enable it in WanamXposed (root). I haven't used it myself, so I can't verify that's what you're talking about, but I think that's it.

        • Mike Harris

          My VZW Note 3 has that as well. It's possible I could have added it with Xposed, but I could have sworn it's been there since I got mine back in November.

      • SSDROiD

        International Note 3 has it. Make sure to check your settings, the brightness slider was deactivated for me when I bought the device, I had to activate mine manually. But it's definitely there on the International version.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Not on the US Note 3 :(

          • SSDROiD

            Wow, I would never have guessed that. I use that slider all the time. I feel sorry for you in that regard! :(

          • ProductFRED

            Look up a few comments; it's there. He means that auto brightness deactivates whenever you use the slider (normal behavior).

          • SSDROiD

            Oh haha, misunderstandings! Thanks for letting me know!

    • Kie

      Sliding the notification bar to adjust brightness is my number one used custom ROM feature. Followed quickly by long press recents key to switch to last used app; I dont know why this isnt the default behavior.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        We're talking specifically about adjusting the baseline for autobrightness here using the slider when the autobrightness checkbox is on.

        • Ramiro Fernandez

          Does that need to be in the quick notifications toggle though? I would love this feature, mainly because I never understand why auto brightness would set anything other than complete minimum brightness in a pitch black room.
          But I would think this is one of those things you would tweak once, get to your liking, then never touch again.
          Actually better still would be a way to tweak this that would adjust the baseline intelligently at different levels, so that if you reduce the brightness at low light levels, then increase the brightness at high light levels, it will intelligently adjust the entire baseline. Kind of like what you can do with CM, but instead of manually setting every single threshold, you can just tweak the brightness as you go. It'll never happen but... one can dream...

        • ProductFRED

          This is what you're talking about:

          http://i.imgur.com/GfwOTEg.png

          Found it. If you're rooted, install WanamXposed (and Xposed framework). Go under "Theme" and check this box:

          http://i.imgur.com/vtZNTFa.png

  • Tony Byatt

    Nice...

  • djakdekiel

    That looks awesome!

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Is that post ready?

    • Tyler

      Are posts ever really ready, Artem?

    • Miguel Ripoll

      Just one day before Google I/O.

      • Miguel Ripoll

        Disqus is publishing my comments twice with a Guest account. Looks some kind of bug.

        • Chris

          Been happening for awhile now

        • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

          Yeah, that's embarrassing.

    • BigTimmay

      Is that site design ready?

      http://i.imgur.com/AEo55.png

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Working on it every day.

        • Ray

          Looking forward to it... really badly!!

        • Mkvarner

          Release at Google I/O?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Not just yet.

          • Zyre

            Valve Time being applied to AP?

    • Miguel Ripoll

      Just one day before Google I/O.

      http://i.imgur.com/iq29rIS.gif

  • http://meeDamian.com/ Damian Mee

    "Auto-rotate" on phone. FINALLY!

    • Hmidadu93

      U serious ? It´s been there for years !

      • http://meeDamian.com/ Damian Mee

        Not on stock. Not on a phone.

      • Robert Best

        Not on Stock Android phone. Custom roms and other phones (Touch Wiz) yes, but not Stock Android.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        It's only on tablets in AOSP, which is a completely moronic decision.

      • MacMan156

        in the quick settings on asop it's not. Phone no, tablet yes

    • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

      Yay! By far the most important quick toggle for me, and in fact the sole reason I've rooted my Nexus 5..

      • Crispin Swickard

        Could always use something like Power Toggles. No need for root for that.

    • pfmiller

      That can't come soon enough! I can't imagine why they still haven't added that, it's the only thing I absolutely hate about Nexus devices.

  • rmkilc

    I'm not convinced Android needs a complete design overhaul. There is still a lot of work to be done in KitKat. Like those blue toggles, lack of configurable QS, lack of system apps with transparent nav/system bars, etc.

    • AOSPrevails

      the First party lockscreen needs some work as well.

    • raazman

      So a design overhaul..

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        Clearly one of those times where the missing comma would have completely changed the entire context of the sentence....

  • Someguy

    So did you check my app??

    • Gaurav Arora

      Someguy has been asking us to check his app again and again! How ridiculous!

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    It looks nice. The only thing I don't like is the notifications/shade not going all the way to the edges. That bugs the hell out of me.

    • Crispin Swickard

      It would just take some getting use to. it doesn't really extent to the edge on tablets to it would be sort of borrowing from there.

  • Lucas Laws

    I'm really liking the dark gray/mint green/burnt orange palette combo. It really looks very nice. I just hope they carry this to all aspects of the UI and don't leave us hanging in random menus.

  • Guilherme Caneschi

    Wow, love it. When I first saw the other google now-like I hated, but that one is stunning....

  • TheSparks

    Google you better show the L release tomorrow, I am way too excited to wait any longer 🔜 🔜 🔜

  • Brett Besa

    If the final product looks anything like what we're seeing here I will be so happy. This pure UI pr0n.

  • Mini Mansell

    as long as i can hide items i dont want.
    on my quick settings drop down i currently have
    wifi - bluetooth -airplane mode - torch

    everything else is hidden with an exposed app.

    • Pal

      Not to worry, custom ROMs will always be with us to fix our gripes.

  • nebula
    • http://about.me/jovanphilip Van

      My body is ready

    • lol

      dafaq is this ?

      • Pal

        FTFY

        > dashaq is this?

    • Ramiro Fernandez

      Please accept my upvote on my own reply to you as a humble offering of a second upvote for your epic gif.

  • guest

    I think this is a step closer to blur the lines (or rather, to foster cohesiveness) between chrome and android. I think this is moving towards Cjrome-style (which the bell sign is evident in chrome notification, and the heads up notification is also similar to chrome pop up notification on the righ bottom of the screen).

    But imho I think Chrome should copy some UI elements from Android too, some of the previous rumours (Hera) seems to be a little too Chrome-like... let's hope Google knows what they are doing in maintaining consistency between the two platforms. Being with android since 2.2, full transition to web-based/ chrome-like UI will make me sad.

  • SVem26

    Man this suspense is killing me.. Its embarassing though, being a grown man and going all giddy when I see such stuff.. #io14

    • http://about.me/jovanphilip Van

      I think we all know that feel, bro :(

    • Alexei Watson

      Totally agree. I'll sleep in on christmas or my birthday, but I/O day? no chance.

      • dpneal

        Yep!

    • SSDROiD

      Nothing wrong with showing emotions :) I cry hard while watching sad scenes in TV shows, I get giddy and super-excited seeing promos for new episodes, and these types of articles put me on the floor gasping for breath because they excite me so much it feels like my heart will explode! I may not have all of that stereotypical tough-guy personality, but showing emotions is something I'm great at! :P

      • http://www.thejunglephoto.pw Thejungle

        Something kinda like me. :)

    • http://www.dastardlyreport.com/ Ryan Joseph

      I'm 30, married, two kids, homeowner, and my job has nothing to do with technology. And I still worked my schedule tomorrow so that I can watch the keynote live. 😏

      • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

        I always take a vacation day for Google I/O. I don't mind working on Thanksgiving or New Years, or even Christmas, but NEVER on I/O!

      • whispy_snippet

        Think of the poor Australian who has to get up at 2am to watch the live stream. Think of the Australian!!!

        • Tomáš Petrík

          My sympathy goes to the fellas down under!

  • Guilherme Caneschi

    That "Ap1" wifi level looks like a slice of pizza... Now I'm hungry.

  • heat361

    I like it. It looks much better than what we currently have. If I was to make suggestion I would put an actionable quick setting button(the one that flips the notifications page over to quick settings) like we currently have because by making it only gesture based it may confuse consumers.

    Maybe they might keep the actionable quick setting button, because like you said this is not final.

  • freedomispopular

    That's gotta be one of the ugliest things I've ever seen. Looks like something Samsung or LG would have come up with.

    • Walkop

      Don't you love sarcasm?

  • Guest

    Reason I know this is a mockup by AP and not the real one.

    • Lasse

      Sad, but true :D

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    • Miguel Ripoll

      People is agree with Guest instead of me. Dammit Disqus.

      • Kevin

        I don't see why you didn't. You made the effort to download the picture, crop it then paste it but you didn't sign in?

        • Miguel Ripoll

          I did, comment was duplicated. I deleted the other one accidentally. I don't care at all. I just want to let people and Google know it.

      • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

        You lost so many thumbs that I started crying right now.

        • Miguel Ripoll

          Haha, no problem. Shit happens.

          • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

            That's disqusting.

    • Gaurav Arora

      Reality is never in line with what you want :D

      • p2n!s_sukker

        u stupid

        • ithehappy

          Fuck off.

      • thartist

        Some didn't get the joke apparently

    • http://www.thejunglephoto.pw Thejungle

      It is done properly.

    • Davidov

      Actually, if you have watched the Google I/O this really could be true! First of all, Dave mentions the Quick Settings will be revamped in Android L but says he doesn't have time to disclose details at the moment. Secondly, the status bar icons match the ones seen on the Google I/O including the small user avatar icon next to the battery, which no one has seen before today. The pull down layout matches Material Design: There is more 'white space', matching the new design grid (see I/O). Notifications and quick settings are hovering over the homescreen as seperate layers. And when the Quick Settings is pulled out, the notifications will probably 'fold' with animations as displayed many times in the I/O, (mostly in the part of Material Design in web interfaces/app integration).

  • Alexei Watson

    Please, quick access to the separate volumes! One of my peeves with kitkat is not being able to change your media volume from your home screen. Older flavours of android I would open the dialler and be able to adjust media volume.

    • johnforamerica

      If you used Xposed, there are several modules that can do that! (I enabled it in Wanam Xposed module)

  • BarKa

    wow

  • Sir_Brizz

    Wow, that is flat out gorgeous, IMO. Can't wait for that.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Cards hopefully like webos

  • pyroguysf

    The double swipe down sounds a lot like what they were initially playing with before they added the Quick Settings we have now.

    On another note, I really hope they add the bar separators back to the signal icons, simply because you won't be able to describe in words "how many bars" you have.

  • SSDROiD

    I have a question: OEMs customize the appearance of Android. Isn't this basically something they could just remove? And if the Nexus program is indeed dead and we haven't heard of any Silver devices yet that I'm aware of, how will we actually get this? Sorry if it's a stupid question, but this all looks gorgeous and fantastic and I want it! I'm just afraid I'm not going to get it...

    • DonEmu

      GPE Versions of OEM phones.

      Motorola and Sony are already pretty close to stock android in some places.

      Plus changes aren't only going to be about UI.

      OEMs might also customize their own UI's to add these elements to them.

      • SSDROiD

        Google Play Edition devices aren't available outside the U.S. at this moment, sadly. At least not where I live, in Norway. I either hope for them to launch GPE worldwide or otherwise I basically have no way of getting this. Damn, that's a depressing thought! I hope Google has some plans for how to deal with this, though, because I can't handle getting left out of this awesomeness!

        But yes, OEMs could add it to their UI, so right now, that's what I'm hoping for! Can't wait for I/O to see what the plans are! :D

        • DonEmu

          GPE devices are available in some countries not just the US but yes it isn't internationally available.

          I live in Ghana. We usually get the International release version of phones. Though any phone can be found on the grey market.

          But to be fair, if you buy the same OEM model as the GPE version, you can easily convert the phone with very little trouble to be essentially a GPE phone.

          I don't mean a custom rom, I mean legitimately flashing the GPE rom onto the phone. It works. Just has to be an identical model.

          Plus the change from Gingerbread to ICS influenced OEMs, this should as well, assuming this isn't a skin for just Google phones and is part of AOSP.

          • SSDROiD

            Thank you very much for the tip!

    • navjot

      I have a feeling that this new appearance will be available on Nexus/Silver/GPE devices but not in AOSP. Essentially, a Google skin.

      • Alexei Watson

        I reckon you could be right. Hell, imagine if it could be google play installable. wow.

        • Walkop

          I'd love it in Google Play, I'm just really hoping this stays in AOSP…I'd hate for Jake Weisz to be proven right 😉

    • Dakota

      But will we still have a premium pure device at a 350 price point. Or will Silver phones be like GPE at 650+

  • dave

    Battery percentage in the status bar! I really want that, Google

    • ProductFRED

      That's a feature on most devices already.

      • Dakota

        But not stock android for some mysterious reason. Nexus 5 doesn't have it.. You have to use a separate app to get that. It's such a basic feature.. No brainer

        • pfmiller

          You only need a separate app to enable, you can uninstall the app after your done with it. I'd say that counts as a built in feature even if it's a little hard to find.

  • DonEmu

    I definitely like these renders more than the current stock look.

    Stock looks awful in some areas and great in others. This would be a nice change.

    • emanuele_zanetti

      particularly in two areas IMO: notification center and settings. I want that grey-ish gradient to go away so bad..

      • DonEmu

        That gradient is an eyesore.

        I end up using a solid dark or grey theme when on a rom that supports it.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    I never got that no interruptions things. How is it different than setting the phone to silent? No tones, no vibration, no looking at it, no way to know there are notifications. Is the no interruptions thing the idea of not getting notifications at all?

    • Squiddles

      I'm guessing it's a timer type setting. Or it could just be a rebranding of the "Silent" option.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        A timer would also make it different - like "Ok google, don't bug me for five minutes!". Interesting.

    • Walkop

      When I'm studying or preparing for something, I don't even want notifications scrolling across the top of my screen. Its distracting. Not all of us have iron-will to ignore them.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        That does make sense indeed! =)

  • Larry Simpson

    Love everything except the pic in the right corner

    • dpneal

      I quite like that. Similar to how our profile pics look online.

  • rick

    Why don't they put Flashlight in the quick settings?

    It is in the control center on the iPhone and it is a useful quick toggle

    • Pal

      I remember using the torch in Cyanogenmod... on Gingerbread!

    • kashtrey

      I really wish they'd allow for some customization in the quick toggle panel. Flash light, as you said, should be something you can add. You should be able to rearrange the icons too.

      • Dakota

        Guess that's what apps r 4

        • Allen Tanguay

          N thts wut nglish r 4

        • kashtrey

          Yes, because it's terribly unreasonable to ask that my toggle be customizable when one of the major selling points of Android is its customizability? Pretty much all of the apps either create a widget (inaccessible when not on homescreens) or a perpetual notifications (I hate the clutter).

          • Joris Griffioen

            Dude, just unlock, root, flash Xposed and install GravityBox, dig through the settings and set it up yourself.

            /s

      • http://www.thejunglephoto.pw Thejungle

        That's true, but I guess they're trying to make it as simple as possible, without too many toggles and buttons on screen, for it to be more easy for "noob" users - ya know, those who don't know what 'rooting' means. :)

        • kashtrey

          Very true, but I wish they would hide some "goodies" for us in dev settings or something. I suppose they figure power users will just root to get what they want but I feel like there's a lot of people who are somewhere in the middle that would like these features as well.

    • Ramiro Fernandez

      Flashlight and wifi hotspot please!
      I have a home screen widget with these two icons because there's no easy way to toggle them.

    • Dakota

      Use notification toggles app. You can get flash light and anything else you want on your notification screen. I love it & it's free

      • 80hd

        ....and it uses ram because it's always running.

        • Walkop

          And a system process for a flashlight doesn't…?

          Don't get me wrong, it'd be more efficient! But the point remains. 😉

        • Hrishikesh Bisen

          I use GravitBox for flash...

        • Because…knowledge! Yay!

          The RAM is powered regardless of it being "used" or not...smh

    • pfmiller

      Use a lock screen widget instead, it's way more convenient. If you need a flashlight for something you're probably not using your phone, so why would you want to have to unlock your device and go then go into the quick settings menu?

      • Anthx

        But then you change to that lockscreen widget panel. In that time I could have just unlocked the phone anyway.

        • pfmiller

          I guess you don't secure your device. Even so, with no security it's two swipes and two presses to turn on the flashlight (or one swipe, one two finger swipe, and one press.

          On the lock screen you can have it in one swipe if you want. Anyway I can't have my device open, so my unlock code is plenty of reason to prefer the lock screen widget.

  • vyktorsouza

    "with a swipe gesture switching between the two rather than a dedicated button."

    kitkat has it already, just swipe your finger on the notification panel to the left or right and it will change

    • Alexei Watson

      I think that's on custom roms/xposed only. My stock nexus 5 doesn't switch from notifications to quick settings with a swipe.

      • vyktorsouza

        oh

      • Simon Belmont

        Came here to say the same thing. My stock N5 doesn't do that, either.

        I actually checked because I would have felt stupid if I hadn't noticed it until it was pointed out to me. Haha.

  • D

    I will be so mad if my good old Nexus 4 don't get it !

    • Ryan O’Neill

      By the time L is released in the fall, it might be upgrade time anyway! Hoping that Moto's sequel to the X gets released with Android L...

      • http://www.thejunglephoto.pw Thejungle

        Yeah, I guess they made it to finally kill fragmentation. They will probably send first developer versions to devs and phone manufacturers to prepare updates when it is released. I think it is the time when Pihai killed fragmentation for good.

    • Dakota

      Remember the Galaxy Nexus didn't get kit Kat because Google said it was past its 18.month update window. The N4 may fall into that same trap. Even worse if rumors are true that Google is abandoning its $350 Nexus program, which played a role in my decision to stay with Android. This L update is important considering Apple is launching larger screen devices , allowing third party keyboards and other Android like features

    • Simon Belmont

      Pretty sure it'll get it. The leaked screenshots of the L release were on a device with 1280x768 resolution.

      The Nexus 4 is known to have that resolution. It's not a guarantee, by any means, but it's a step in the favor of it getting it.

  • YouNex

    Excitation is going to kill me

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Dear Google..... launch this...... launch this tomorrow...... even if we don't get anything else that you preview tomorrow....... launch this.......

    • http://www.thejunglephoto.pw Thejungle

      They will.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    Something real quick, I know we have exiting stuff going up in our minds, many good looking mockups and other good Rumors. Just so you keep in mind these are Just RUMORS, and I don't want to see any of you bitch about how Google totally missed an opportunity by not releasing a feature they didn't plan on releasing to begin with. All this is Non official and while It's OK to get excited, juat don't take it too hard or you're gonna need to take headache mess tomorrow, followed by hating on Google for not releasing or Android Police for "getting you exited over nothing"

    Thank you for your time

  • whispy_snippet

    Gorgeous!!!

  • Crispin Swickard

    Other than the green/orange I like. 👍

    • Dakota

      But if those colors cant be adjusted, that's a big deal

      • Crispin Swickard

        Which they probably won't be sadly. But this all can change.

  • Stanley C.

    No transparency? Little bit ugly...:-

    • Humberto Hernandez

      mockup? anyone? no? Ok....

  • senor_heisenberg

    The next version of Android is looking so damn good. Google is killing it with design.

  • redsmith

    I have the weirdest boner right now.

    • Nathan Blume

      What, exactly, differentiates a "weird boner" from a normal one?

      • m477

        It's L shaped, I guess

  • emanuele_zanetti

    that mockup is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.

  • SixMoodyDwarves

    I'd honestly be fine if they kept the name simply as Android L. I'm starting to like the simplicity. Think about it.

    Android L

    -The most eLegant Android upgrade to date.

    • Christopher Mason

      No offence to you or anything, but that's an awful name.

      • http://www.thejunglephoto.pw Thejungle

        Not exactly. Actually I thought the same thing when I saw that label, and it is is really good. Even better - that sounds great!

    • Thorben Groth

      How would the statue at the Google campus look, though?? ;)

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    Yeah... I don't like it. I was never in love with the aesthetics of WebOS and I'm not enamoured by Duarte's failure to give up that dream. I don't want my phone to feel like a website or Web portal. I don't subscribe to the idea of Web apps either. I was genuinely excited by Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat was nice but this is just urghh. It's a shame that Android is descending into the world of becoming a service solely to push other services (Now and Chrome). I believed in AOSP even when they started crippling it in the name of Play Services and told us it was for our own good (location versus battery life) but this... Urghh.

    • Taco Monster

      Umm... What??

    • Allen Tanguay

      Lol, they're just making quick settings easier and prettier. Relax.

  • Dakota

    Hate that orange...

  • Dakota

    Can we finally get the battery percentage level standard in the status bar?

  • Fresh2infinity

    ok AP, I refuse to check you until after I/O! Although I love the rumors, I've had enough.. I want to be a little surprised :-D

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    Somebody should combine this leak with the new nav bar leak.

  • Msan

    Yes, yes, yes....

  • Defenestratus

    I'm just curious, isn't what made Android great originally actually the notification bar? No matter what you were doing on the phone, you weren't interrupted by an annoying popup? Now we're going to be forced to use "heads up" notification? You know what those are? They're POP UPS. They're annoying and we install third party add-ons to keep them from happening in our web browsing. Why the hell would I want them on my efing phone?

    UGH. If you can't tell, I'm really pissed about this. I'm not really excited at all for tomorrow's presentation.

    • Walkop

      They probably only show in immersive mode.

      Why on EARTH would this ruin I/O for you? Lol.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      If anything, I/O should clarify things for you and then you can take your tampon out and relax a bit.

  • huh?

    is this ubuntu ?

  • http://camerabienbac.com.vn/ haibienbac

    I'm looking forward to a new android version, it interested me and excited
    Lắp đặt camera

  • chokkan

    Where's the new sculpture? That's like the smoke that comes out the chimney when they choose a new Pope.

  • Simon Belmont

    Ha. Every time I see that Quick Settings picture in the title, I think it's a large spoon for stirring a pot, underneath.

    I know this is a mock up, but I hope they keep some kind of separation between the "buttons" in the Quick Settings in the final build. It looks odd without it.

  • Zak Taccardi

    To the right of the date/time - there seems to be a lot of unused screen space. Seems inefficient!

  • Jonathan Seymour

    I can't stop looking at the skinny wifi icon and fat bluetooth icon.

  • Walter Black

    I love androidpolice man..

  • Sootie

    Are the normal notifications still actioable? (can you still hit reply, mark as read archive etc.?) from the screen shots above they look pretty but you cant do anything with the except get rid of them

  • Zach Berger

    Beautiful mockups

  • Duane Swift

    I'm fangirling over this.

    Like fanning myself and whatnot.

    I think (hoping) waiting for this to come to my N4 is gonna be hardest of all, especially with a fall release.

    • Kenny Strawn

      Provided this release doesn't make the N4 go the way of the GNex... ah, but even then, I'm sure someone will end up making a custom N4 ROM for it.

      • Duane Swift

        Like those supernexus roms I had on my S2, I really like Pure (read NOT CM) Android.

        Might upgrade anyway, but I'm still excited for this release.

  • http://about.barronroth.com Barron Roth

    Do you use photoshop to create your mockups?

  • Greyhame

    About. Flippin'. Time.

  • Marcell Lévai

    I'd rather have a swipe sideways, but hey. It'a step forward.

  • Mona Ali
  • http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=5266287 EnricoD

    Lol.. Just wait the f*****g i/o!

  • Nick Riley

    AP, please tell us we can fully trust you and the real things looks as good as your mock-ups!!!

  • TheLastAngel

    First Rumor about Liliput that I actually like!

  • Brendan

    Look at those toggle sliders. That's gotta be representative of Lollipop.

  • martin carlosena

    I'm surprised no one mentioned how similar this design is to the new google camera app.

  • deathbyguitar

    That color scheme sucks so bad it's ridiculous. I hope we're gonna have the option to change the colors a bit so it doesn't look like iOS 7/8.

  • subramanianv

    I dig the mock-ups. Hope the source live up to it. Liam / AP should certainly make a CM11 theme.

  • Fabián Vélez Vicente

    Android 6.0.4 AP edition confirmed

  • jamal2367

    Its look like shit -.-

  • http://goo.gl/oBLge Andril

    You take Hugo B. - Google takes your color! I am riding with 5.0!

  • Mike

    Why not just have Quick Settings show up as toggles in the Notification Shade (like Power Toggles)? Then you've got everything with one gesture.